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I have a dilemma..Ughhhhhhhh

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I've been a CNA since March 2007 and I've been out of work since November 2007. I haven't been able to find a job as a CNA anywhere!! I've been to every single nursing home in my area and they keep telling me they will hold my application for 6 months (so frustrating). So my dilemma is, My certification is going to lapse in 8 days :crying2:! I don't know what to do. I can't take the class over again because I'm attending night school. My question is, I live in NY and I was wondering if I can just take a test to reinstate my certification or do I have to take the class over again? OMG! Please tell me I can take a test...LOL!! Does anyone know of any nursing home on Long Island that will hire me before November 30th??:crying2::crying2::crying2::crying2:

I think you only need to retest? Call your state department of health. Call the employment agencies.

DolceVita, BSN, RN

Specializes in IMCU. Has 10 years experience.

I suspect it is a bit late for you to go to an agency but you could try. Don't you have to just get in a certain no. of hours? In my state it is something like 8 hrs.

KimberlyRN89, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg/urology.

I suspect it is a bit late for you to go to an agency but you could try. Don't you have to just get in a certain no. of hours? In my state it is something like 8 hrs.

That's what I was going to suggest as well. Check with your BON & see what the qualifications are b/c you mentioned that you last worked in Nov. 07 so you might have worked enough hours in order to keep your license active.

it's always a good idea to check with the board of nursing in your state, i live in oregon and had to re take the class because here it says that if you are out of work for 24 months straight then you have to retake the class and do everything all over again which is a totally pain in the ass!!!! but if i would have worked at all during the 2 years then i could have just taken a test!!! most likely you will just have to take a test. hope this helps!!

TampaTech

Specializes in med/surg and Tele. Has 2 years experience.

This doesnt make sense. Why would they make you retest if you already have your CNA? Is this because you havent been working in such a long time? Why dont you try hospitals as well. I am sure there are plenty of hospitals that one could work at in your area. Plus they might pay more as well.

yes if you are inactive as a cna for 24 months straight then they make you take the class all over again. i don't know why they do this!!! probably because they think that things have changed in the 2 years that you have been out??? i don't know, all i know is it's a pain in the butt to retake it all over again. but like i said this is the laws here in oregon. also sometimes if you just reapply they don't look into if you have enough hours to keep your license. i know lots of people that don't get the required amount of hours and every time they apply the state just renews it.

Can you challenge the test? In NC you can do that twice but if you fail twice you have to take the class. What are your hour requirements? Down here it is one 8 hour shift in 2 years

Thanks everyone for your replies. I contacted Prometric and they said I don't have to take the class over, I just have to take a test. I have to take the written test and the skills test. My problem is, where the heck do I practice my skills??!!! I don't remember how to do them...Ughhhhhhhhhh! Any suggestions? I have 3 chances to pass the test and then if I still don't pass then I have to take the class over. Does anyone know where I can practice my skills?? Thanks again!

~Lonnie

fuzzywuzzy, CNA

Specializes in LTC. Has 3 years experience.

There are tons of videos on YouTube that go over the skills.

Yes, Youtube and the post here have nursing skills videos. I have a CD which I forgot the tittle to but helped me alot.

When I get my test date in the mail do you know if it will say what skills I will be doing? And does anyone know of a place were I can get updated information like we do when we go to inservices. I'm sure my CNA book from 2007 has old info in it...

No the skills wont be posted when you get your test date. The skills are random, they can be anything. But from my experience, they didn't have any fitted sheets, blankets, flat sheets, towels and wash cloths. I don't know if that's changed since 2006 but that's what I remember. So for us in the Bay Area bed making, wasn't a skill. HANDWASHING IS A GUARANTEE. Just make sure that you don't lean on the counter, as you're washing your hands provide friction, and let the proctor know that you should washing for one minute and ask him/her if they would like you to wash for the full minute. My proctor stated no. Don't flick water in the sink, and make sure that you dry your hands thoroughly before you grab another towel and turn off the fawcet. We didn't have to pretend to pull a privay curtain. There wasn't a curtain to pull but I remember I let the proctor know that I was pulling the curtain and the proctor told me not to even worry about that. She said all she was concerned about was the particular skill. That skill was putting the patient in semi-fowlers position. If you see a call light there as I did, I made sure I gave it to the mannequin before I let the instructor know I was finished. What was nice is that if the proctor stated "Ok" or something to that nature then you're finished and you passed that skill. From what I remember if the proctor asked if you were sure you were finished then you had to retrace your steps and find out what you missed. In other words you were allowed to go back and correct your mistake. If you found your mistake and corrected yourself then you passed that skill. They really were there to help us, not fail us. We had some great proctors there when I took my CNA exam. I hope this helps and good luck!

No the skills wont be posted when you get your test date. The skills are random, they can be anything. But from my experience, they didn't have any fitted sheets, blankets, flat sheets, towels and wash cloths. I don't know if that's changed since 2006 but that's what I remember. So for us in the Bay Area bed making, wasn't a skill. HANDWASHING IS A GUARANTEE. Just make sure that you don't lean on the counter, as you're washing your hands provide friction, and let the proctor know that you should washing for one minute and ask him/her if they would like you to wash for the full minute. My proctor stated no. Don't flick water in the sink, and make sure that you dry your hands thoroughly before you grab another towel and turn off the fawcet. We didn't have to pretend to pull a privay curtain. There wasn't a curtain to pull but I remember I let the proctor know that I was pulling the curtain and the proctor told me not to even worry about that. She said all she was concerned about was the particular skill. That skill was putting the patient in semi-fowlers position. If you see a call light there as I did, I made sure I gave it to the mannequin before I let the instructor know I was finished. What was nice is that if the proctor stated "Ok" or something to that nature then you're finished and you passed that skill. From what I remember if the proctor asked if you were sure you were finished then you had to retrace your steps and find out what you missed. In other words you were allowed to go back and correct your mistake. If you found your mistake and corrected yourself then you passed that skill. They really were there to help us, not fail us. We had some great proctors there when I took my CNA exam. I hope this helps and good luck!

This is a very big help, thank you!!!! What state do you live in?

I'm in California (Bay Area), so it's a bit different, but still we went through the Red Cross and that's national. If you have any other questions please let me know and I'll do my best to assist you.

I finally got a test date in the mail. It's on March 27th and I'm so nervous!!! I've been studying the book and all of my definitions so I'm not too worried about that. I'm worried about the skills test. I wish they had cna refresher courses, I think it's really dumb that they don't! I'm gonna have to study them on youtube. Does anyone know any other recourses I can study from for the skills part of the test??